Halachic Musings: Is the Pandemic Over?

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “Can we go back to shul now?” “Do we really need that mask and “Safer Torah Shield?” “Is it still safek pikuach nefesh?” These questions and more are being...

Halachic Musings: U.S. Marine of Today, Chofetz Chaim’s Talmid of Yesterday

  It happened in the summer of 1914 or 1915 to a student of the Chofetz Chaim, Ephraim Leibowitz. And it happened again this week, about 105 years later, to...

Halachic Musings: Arresting Anarchism

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman First it was the city council of Minneapolis. Then it was the mayor of New York. And now it is in two dozen other states. The...

Halachic Musings: COVID-19 and Safek Pikuach Nefesh

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman It looks like the government is headed toward a legal reopening of shuls, camps, schools, businesses, etc., regardless of the actual safety of doing so. This...

Halachic Musings: Fat Shaming and Teshuva

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman “He’s our president, and I would rather he not be taking something that has not been approved by the scientists, especially in his age group and...

Halachic Musings: Lady in Red

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Recently, Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein, shlita, was asked whether a female nurse or health professional may wear a red facial mask since the Shulchan Aruch states that...

Halachic Musings: Zoom Minyan Revolution

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Never before in the annals of halachic history has there been such a need to plumb the depths of halachic nuances in light of new technology....

Yair Hoffman: Was De Blasio Right?

Q: How do we get a chillul Hashem, an embarrassment, a pshiya karov l’meizid, and a demonstration of ingratitude, and wrap it all in one? A: When even after having...

Practical Halacha: Should You Risk Your Life to Help Others?

NEW YORK (JTA) — For a short period of time, New York state officials enacted controversial guidelines that again tested the inherent tension that the COVD-19 pandemic is causing between our country’s...

Halachic Musings: Balancing Sadness and Simcha

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman It is a difficult challenge that we face these days — feeling the pain of those around us, including members of our families, and at the...
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